About the Guitars
I make two types of guitars: electrics and steel string flat top acoustics. I stick
to these types because these are the guitars I enjoy playing. This is an important
point for me. I make my guitars generally one at a time, some times in batches of
two. I only make a few guitars each year. I make guitars because I love doing it;
I certainly am not getting rich in the process. My motivation is primarily based
upon an inherent interest in the instruments I make. Furthermore, it is important
for me, in the way I approach building, that I relate musically to the instruments
I make, as I spend quite a bit of time playing each instrument to fine tune the playability.
Electic Guitar Design
The goal for my electric guitar designs is to honor the classics without copying
them. I am not particularly interested in making replicas of Stratocasters or Les
Pauls. If you want one of those you can do well by visiting your local music store.
If you want a superb guitar with a classic feel, but one you won’t find on the shelf
at Guitar Center, maybe you should play a JeSt.
My choice for pickups and electronics is consistent with my design goal; I choose
components for classical voicing. I particularly like traditional single coils in
the style of vintage Stratocasters, Telecasters, and P90s like used in the early
Fendors and Gibsons. I tend to feature guitars with these types of pickups. I also
like and use PAF style humbuckers. I don't use high output heavy metal style pickups.
I generally use commercially made pickups but do make custom, hand wound JeSTone
pickups for special projects.
Acoustic Guitar Design
The classics of the steel string flat tops are to be found in the Martin and Gibson
lines. I have made traditional style acoustics inspired by the classics. However,
just as with my electric guitars, my goal is not to produce a copy or replica, but
rather, for the most part, to produce a guitar that looks traditional while incorporating
a number of what I believe to be improved technical features in the construction
(see Other Features for details).
I am now beginning to explore less traditional designs that are uniquely JeSt. The
consumers of acoustic guitars are a fairly conservative lot, so the reception may
not be universally enthusiastic, but I make guitars primarily to please myself; we
will see if the new designs please anyone else. I have produced a uniquely shaped
chili guitar. Take a look at What’s New? to read more about it.